Britain: Stabbing that killed 3 was terrorism
READING, England — A stabbing rampage that killed three people as they sat in a park on a summer evening is being considered a terrorist attack, police said Sunday.
A 25-year-old man who is believed to be the lone attacker was in custody, but officials said the motive for the violence was unclear.
Three people were killed and three others seriously wounded in the stabbing attack that came out of the blue Saturday in Forbury Gardens park in Reading, a town of 200,000 people 40 miles west of London.
Police said “incredibly brave” unarmed officers detained a local man at the scene. Britain’s national news agency, Press Association, and other media outlets named him as Khairi Saadallah, a Libyan asylum-seeker living in Reading.
The BBC reported that Saadallah was investigated by security services last year over concerns he planned to travel abroad to join a jihadi group, but that he was not found to be a major threat.